Desperate for authentic French bistro food
All this talk about authentic croissants has got us hot and bothered about genuine French bistro food. Not to be a snob, but it might help the discussion if only those who have eaten in France reply? We've tried so many places in the city and find that close to nothing measures up to the wonderful French bistro food that we could have every day when we lived in Paris. Like Le Villaret, or Au Gamin de Paris, or Le Vingt. Reasonably priced, fresh, honest, unpretentious, wonderfully and lovingly made French bistro food.
Restaurants we thought might be promising but didn't quite meet the standard were:
- Les Halles
- Le Gigot
- AOC Bedford
- Robin des Bois (Brooklyn)
If anyone has been to Le Petit Cafe in Branford, CT, that restaurant was exactly what we were looking for. Are there any Manhattan equivalents or should we just save our dollars for a trip to Paris?
You could try chez Jules on St-Mark's place between 1st and 2nd avenue. It has also live jazz. The food is good and the ambiance is also great.
The food is better at Lucien on 1st avenue near Houston street. You should definitely try that place if you are looking for bistro food. The salmon tartare is really good.